Red Velvet Cake Balls



Sometimes I bake treats for the patients and staff at the nursing homes where my mom works. Because the patients don’t normally get exciting treats, I decided to try something different this time by making red velvet cake balls (original recipe here). I received good reviews.

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Monday Jan 1 @ 09:00pm
Mom’s Birthday Carrot Cake



Last week, my mother turned 48 years old. And to celebrate her birthday, my family came over to our new house to partake in our first annual family cake competition. Four carrot cakes of differing recipes were presented for judging and I am proud to say that mine came out on top. Though, I can’t take all the credit: I used Amy’s carrot cake instructions and my friend Phil’s delicious family recipe.

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Monday Jan 1 @ 08:28pm
Caramelized Lemon Tart!

I thought that a cute lemon pie/tart would be a refreshing change from the traditional apple or pumpkin pie usually brought to a Christmas party. Plus it looks super impressive lol. 

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Tuesday Dec 12 @ 09:12pm
Nutella Pinwheel Cookies


Guess what I got for Christmas! MY OWN MIXER. I also got two big jars of Nutella (Amy’s favorite), so I decided to combine these gifts to create a masterpiece: Nutella pinwheel cookies. They look cute, they’re pretty easy to make, and they taste great - what’s not to love? (original recipe here)

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Tuesday Dec 12 @ 08:00pm
Gluten-free / Dairy-free Iced Cherry Cookies


Finally a recipe for you celiacs: gluten-free iced cherry cookies (original recipe here). I have a friend with Celiac Disease who was visiting for the holidays so I decided to find a special recipe for her. This is my first time baking a gluten-free dessert from scratch and, all things considered, these weren’t bad!

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Tuesday Dec 12 @ 07:29pm
Peppermint Brownies

If you’re like me, you always have a ton of candy canes left over after the holidays. Instead of tossing them out this year I thought I would try to incorporate them into a dessert for my family’s Christmas party. We’re known for our brownies in this house so I settled on peppermint brownies (original recipe here).

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Monday Dec 12 @ 02:53pm
Turtle Cheesecake

It’s a LAYERED TURTLE CHEESECAKE.

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Saturday Dec 12 @ 09:03pm
Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints



Amy helped me find this recipe for raspberry and almond shortbread cookies so I gave it a try. They’re not bad :)

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Sunday Dec 12 @ 10:55pm
Pumpkin Muffins with Hazelnut Streusel Topping


I know our blog is full of pumpkin recipes lately, but we can’t help it. Amy and I are nuts for pumpkin desserts and ‘tis the season. I don’t regret it. These muffins are super moist, pumpkiny, and they look good too. I got the recipe from here and made a few slight alterations.

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Monday Dec 12 @ 05:34pm
Gingerbread House

So it’s not exactly something we baked, but Amy and Quen met up again this weekend so we of course had to post something about that. We made a gingerbread house!

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Monday Dec 12 @ 02:41pm
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